BAD INFLUENCE: Preaching to the Perverted: LP

Sep 19, 2013

It has been some time since we’ve last heard from this Belgian outfit. Hearing this is like catching up with a long lost best friend; you easily pick up where you last left off, though you’ve both changed and the world is slightly different. Their Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, and later Black Flag influences are now mixed with a band like Blyth Power. There’s a bit more wisdom in their sound instead of just the dark and heavy abrasive stuff. It’s the songs like “Rituals,” and “The World,” with their slightly subdued approach, which I find more engaging and effective. By slowing it down and letting things quiet down a bit, they bring in more emotion and darkness. On a lyrical level, they go deeper than many bands. They address how the human condition is affected by controlling powers and the methods they use to crush the human spirit. There is also some questioning of the things one believed in strongly, and where did it all go, and for what? A bit bleak, but there is a glimmer of hope in here. This is one of those records that reveals more of itself with every listen, and it’s the sort of record that pays off the closer attention you pay to it. Thinking person’s punk rock.

 –M.Avrg (Chaos Rurale,